Northern Ireland

Karen Coyles' family wait to hear if body found off Scotland is loved one

Karen Coyles
Image caption Karen Coyles has been missing for more than a week

A community rescue team in Ballycastle is to continue searching for a missing woman, until a body found at a beach in Scotland is formally identified.

Karen Coyles, 47, has been missing since the night of Sunday 11 September.

On Thursday, a body was discovered on a beach on the Mull of Kintyre. The police there have said it is unlikely the body will be identified on Friday.

Police in Northern Ireland are liaising with officers in Strathclyde and Ms Coyles' family is awaiting news.

The body was discovered at Rhunahoarine Point, a beach on the Mull of Kintyre.

Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue Service, who has been leading the search for Ms Coyles, is staying with her family until a formal identification has been carried out.

"The family are united as they have been throughout this process," he said.

"They are obviously anxious to find out where Karen is, but equally they're not wishing it to be somebody else.

Team captain

"They're just waiting to see what the situation is - if it is Karen or not. There's a relief in one way but the tragedy of a loss on the other."

Ms Coyles was chairperson of the Ballycastle Camogie Club and had just returned from Dublin where she and her team had been playing a match.

She had captained the winning team in the all-Ireland camogie sevens tournament.

Ms Coyles worked in the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Ulster in Coleraine.

Her friends and relatives first realised there was something wrong when she did not turn up for work on 12 September.

Police, the coastguard, dive teams and the local community have been searching for her since.

More on this story